Cherice and Charissa Barton, recognized by audiences and critics as leaders in the entertainment and performing arts industries, share award-winning careers in dance and business, spanning over thirty years in thirty-five countries across six continents. With a unique eye for transforming movement into inspired, emotional and visually stunning work, the Barton sisters have collaborated on numerous notable projects on stage and in film, Broadway and network television. Credits include the The Grammys, Lucasfilm, American Ballet Theater, Dragone Entertainment Group, Ballet BC, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Parsons Dance Company, BJM Danse & more, having joined forces with numerous prestigious artists and innovators such as George Lucas, Julie Taymor, Crystal Pite, Alan Tudyk, Franco Dragone, Mia Michaels, Vincent Paterson, Danny Ezralow, Benjamin Millepied, Aszure Barton and Robert Battle, to name a few. Their unique pathways have led them to identify themselves as creative entrepreneurs, continually advancing their careers in order to achieve success as both artists and inspired human beings. From entertainment to humanitarianism, wellness, technology and business, the Barton sisters have explored multiple industries and continually seek to create opportunities for countless artists.
Frequently asked to choreograph, lecture and conduct master classes for such distinguished institutions as The Juilliard School, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Suny Purchase College, Barnard College at Columbia University, Adelphi College, Loyola Marymount University, UCSB, The Banff Center School of Fine Arts, and Stephens College, they have found there to be a lapse in dance education: Emerging dancers and choreographers, for the most part, are not properly educated with essential skills such as networking, self-promotion, and personal branding, nor are they encouraged to develop the business savvy that is key to thriving in an increasingly difficult economy for professional dance artists. In early 2015, it was clear that the time had arrived for the Barton sisters to share their knowledge and launch a new platform for the emerging artist.
Photo credit: Richard Corman